Just before the Buccaneers held their annual night practice, Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer spoke to the media.
“We are very, very excited about the season this year,” Glazer said. “With all the additions to the team, you can see the fans reacting to it.
“I think you see it (excitement) through the whole community. People are very excited about the season and they see the offseason moves we made. And it is reflecting in the ticket sales we are doing. We have ways to go, but it is improving. So we are headed in the right direction.”
Describing why the Buccaneers have been active in free agency over the past two seasons:
“Nothing has changed,” Glazer said. “We have always said we want to build the core of the team through the draft. Then once we have the core, we will spend in free agents to bring us to the next level.
“Obviously we want to win. But there also has to be patience in how you do that. You have to put together the right football team that is going to win year in and year out. Not just win one year then fall back the next year. The team we have this year is built to continue to win for years to come.”
Glazer on the optimism surrounding the team, and if he sees similarities to the 1997 team:
“I think we are heading in the right direction,” Glazer said. “The team is heading in the right direction the community is very enthusiastic, the economy is getting better so everything is coming together at the right time.
“You feel it when are in the locker room and you look around at the players we have today. We have a tremendous core of young, young players. And it is exciting to me to see this. We have an offense that can keep up with anybody in the league. That has not been seen before in Tampa. And also on defense – the players on defense are growing at their positions. We have added great players and we have a very good football team that is headed in the right direction.”
On the job general manager Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano have done:
“It is never easy to make the transition from one team to the next, and Mark (Dominik) has done a very good job,” Glazer said. “One of his greatest strengths is working with our head coach and he works very close with Greg (Schiano) on all the decisions we make. And from moving on from the guys who aren’t “Buccaneer Men” on this football team.”
Glazer on the acquisition of cornerback Darrelle Revis:
“It was the right place at the right time, Glazer said. “First of all you don’t have the opportunity to get a player that could be the best player of his generation at a position at a young age. But at the same time we had a young team that was ready to fit that position in. If this were three or four years ago, I don’t know if this was the right fit. But now we are ready for a player like Darelle Revis.”
Listen to Bryan Glazer’s entire discussion with the local media: